Kalki Koechlin, a Bollywood actress, has been the protagonist in movies like Dev D and The Girl in The Yellow Boots. She is one of those very rare celebrities who genuinely cares for art and society. She is not only a feminist but also a brilliant actor.
She has acted in a few of the best Bollywood movies of all time. She has stood up for the women of the nation since her career started, and has made several efforts to do away with all the taboos and myths still prevalent in our society.
“Bollywood is as patriarchal as our society. I once met a producer who asked me about my age, and I said 30. To this, he replied, ‘Don’t worry, you still have five years left.’ Another producer showed me the exact spot on my face where I needed to get a Botox.” said Kalki Koechlin in a recent interview with The Times of India.
She has pointed out the gender disparity and gender inequality in our patriarchal nation. While other actresses are busy making more money and spending even more on their beautification, Kalki went out of her way to make a difference. She is using her voice to address the issues that still disturb our society, and using her public appearance to bring about change!
“You only get paid more than a man if you are Priyanka Chopra.”
–Kalki comments on gender pay gap in Bollywood.
Kalki’s determination and integrity make us hopeful all over again, as we slowly witness small and big changes take place together. Her intellect and talent is reflected on her choice of movies and sheer brilliance at what she does.
“There’s a lot of pressure on women in Bollywood. Objectification of women is very predominant, but I am happy that gradually things are changing. Piku and Queen, both women-oriented films, brought a fresh change in Bollywood.”
Women like Kalki instill confidence in us and make us believe that if we stand our grounds firmer and refuse to entertain any form of inequality, change will take place. The strength and sincerity of her voice sparks the fire to revolution.
“For me, it’s all about equality. I don’t hate men. Ours is a patriarchal society. Had it been a matriarchal society, I would have supported men. I would have been a ‘feminist.’”
So thank you, Kalki for speaking out loud against the atrocities the others only complain about. We love and adore you for all the right reasons. Thank you for your incessant efforts to purge this society from all its evils.
And lastly, thank you for being a huge inspiration to all of us.